Birthday: April 10, 1915 Birth
Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Height: 5' 4"
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Harry Morgan was one of the most prolific and versatile actors in television history, having starred or co-starred in 11 different television series; he was best known for his roles as Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H from 1975-1983 and Officer Bill Gannon on Jack Webb's second version of Dragnet (1967-1970). Originally using the name Henry Morgan, the slight actor made his film debut in 1942 in To the Shores of Tripoli. Although he played significant roles in Dragonwyck (1946), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Inherit the Wind (1960), and Support Your Local Sheriff (1969), television was always Morgan's forte and he worked continuously on the small screen since the '50s. He played a wide variety of roles in both his TV and film appearances, displaying an acting brilliance not often acknowledged. In addition to M*A*S*H and Dragnet, his other series included December Bride (1954-1958), Pete and Gladys (1960-1962), The Richard Boone Show (1964), Kentucky Jones (1964-1965), The D.A. (1971), Hec Ramsey (1972-1974), AfterMASH (1983-1984), Blacke's Magic (1986), and You Can't Take It With You (1987). Morgan won an Emmy award in 1980 for his performance on M*A*S*H.
Of Norwegian descent, his grandparents were immigrants from Scandanavia.
In the episode "The Days Dwindle Down" (episode # 3.21) of "Murder, She Wrote" (1984)he played a LAPD Detective Webb. In 1967, he starred as a member of the LAPD in "Dragnet" which was created by and co-starred Jack Webb.
Is the former father-in-law of Julie Cobb. In 1988, Cobb married James Cromwell, who had made a guest appearance on "M*A*S*H" (1972).
Once said that he enjoyed playing Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H so much that he felt that he could have "gone on forever" playing that character.
In several episodes of M*A*S*H, Col. Potter was seen painting portraits, mainly of the other characters. These portraits were actually painted by Morgan.
Reprised his "Dragnet 1967" (1967), Dragnet 1966 (1969) (TV) and Dragnet (1987) character (Officer Bill Gannon) in "The Simpsons" (1989) episode "Mother Simpson".
Appeared with Lee J. Cobb, the father of his future daughter-in-law Julie Cobb in How the West Was Won (1962).
Grandfather of Rosemary Morgan and Jeremy Morgan.
Prior to joining the cast of "M*A*S*H" (1972) in the fourth season as the stern but decent Colonel Potter, he appeared in the third season episode "The General Flipped At Dawn" as a crazed general who wanted to move the 4077 unit closer to the front line.
Had four sons by his first wife: Charles and Paul are both attorneys, Christopher Morgan, a TV producer, and Daniel, who died in 1989.
Second wife, Barbara Bushman, is the granddaughter of silent screen star Francis X. Bushman and the daughter of Ralph Bushman.
Graduated from Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan
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